2010/2011

Research/Creative Work

Contribution of Research/Creative Work Appropriate to the Disciplines of Playwriting and Dramaturgy

Scholarly Review Equivalencies

Specific scholarly review equivalencies for Books, Refereed Articles and General Articles have been created for promotion/tenure portfolio review for the Department of Theatre Arts. The description of the equivalent Research/Creative Work that support the promotion/tenure portfolio review for the Department of Theatre Arts are outlined in the 2018 Department of Theatre Arts Guidelines and Criteria for Promotion and Tenure. Click here for the specific scholarly review equivalencies for the Department of Theatre Arts. To aide in the review process, beneath the heading for each Creative Work documented below the scholarly equivalency is noted.

Creative Work: Playwright & Production Director

Scholarly Equivalency - Refereed Article

Hart's Contribution as Playwright/Production Director

The role of a playwright is to tell relatable entertaining stories that fit inside a theatrical structure and have artistic and commercial merit.

With a 22 year career as a playwright and director of plays written for child actors performing for family audiences, the production of "Hot Fun in the Summer Time" was a thrilling play to write. Inspired by events and situations I witnessed amongst campers over the years, I was mindful to consider the varying ages of the audience members when constructing the story, creating the characters and music lyrics.

With regard to process, in the initial stages I collaborated with the musical director to create the lyrics and musical story structure. Thereafter I developed a draft of the script prior to the production and once the cast was selected I was able to make edits and incorporate ideas from the child actors. Once the final 90 minute full length script was completed a full cast read through was held and thereafter the rehearsal process began.

In my role as the production director I created the rehearsal schedule and conducted daily rehearsals with the actors. In addition, I held production meetings with the design team to make decisions regarding how to best capture the look, tone and mood of the play. Lastly, in collaboration with the design team I managed the tech process in preparation for the public event.

Hart's contribution as playwright made to achieve the goals of creating a production reflecting artistic and commercial merit for "Hot Fun in the Summer Time" include:

      • Conduct ethnological and anthropological research to aide with developing the story line and characters
      • Write and edit multiple drafts of the play script
      • Write music lyrics and collaborate with music director on the flow and structure of the story as told through music
      • Produce final script for production execution

Hart's directorial contributions made to achieve the goals of creating a production reflecting artistic and commercial merit for "Hot Fun in the Summer Time" include:

      • Train students in fundamental theatre/directing techniques
      • Guidance and instruction that reflect high standards and industry protocol
      • In collaboration with the set designer determine the best use of the theatre space
      • Collaborate with the musical director
      • Guide and collaborate with the artistic/design team (set/costume/lighting and sound scape) to visually actualize the physical environment and atmosphere of the play
      • Analyze the script for its structure and themes
      • Assess, interpret and actualize the physical and verbal action of the play
      • Cast the play
      • Plan for and manage rehearsals that provide adequate time for actors and the design and production teams to achieve their individual goals
      • Conduct rehearsals to construct blocking that reflect the plays tempo and help actors to discover and reveal a characters psychological truth
      • In collaboration with the design team, manage technical rehearsals to solidify and clarify all light and sound cues and final design decisions
      • Collaborate with the marketing and PR team


Photos Below: Performance photos and video of camper interview

Production Details

    • Hart's Role: Playwright & Production Director
    • Play: Hot Fun in the Summer Time
    • Producer: The Children's Theatre Workshop
    • Location: Washington DC
    • Rehearsal Dates: June 19 - July 24, 2011
    • Production Dates: July 23 & 24, 2011

Play Synopsis

During one of the hottest summers that anyone can recall, a group of kids return to their very familiar sleep away camp, Camp Rock Creek, and think they're in for more of the same. However, when new camp counselor 'Seize the Day Pearlie Mae' joins the camp everything and everyone is forced to turn over a brand new leaf.

The once dominant bully squad is met with a dose of their own bully-filled-medicine when Pearlie Mae and her favorite Bee turn the camp fire night from "It's a Wonderful Life" to "It's a Horrible Life," and teach the bullies and the other campers the true meaning of creating a world filled with friendship, caring and community support.

Camp Rock Creek and the campers will never be the same after this hilarious lesson filled summer.

Production Materials

Camper in costume

Camper Interview

Production Photo

Production Photo

Playwright A. Peter Bailey

Production Details

    • Hart's Role: Play Development Dramaturge/Director of Staged Reading
    • Play: Malcolm, Martin, Medgar written by A. Peter Bailey
    • Event: Visiting Playwright Series
    • Location: Howard University Department of Theatre Arts
    • Master Class 1 - The Why of Malcolm, Martin, Medgar, November 4, 2010
    • Master Class 2 - Experiencing Black Theatre 1965 - 1985, November 5, 2010
    • Rehearsal Dates: November 4 - 5, 2010
    • Production Date: November 6, 2010

Event Description

Legendary theatre critic, playwright and journalist A. Peter Bailey visited the Department of Theatre Arts for the fall semester 2010. Through the Visiting Playwrights Workshop Series his current play, Malcolm, Martin, Medgar received a developmental staged reading. In addition to participating in the workshop development of his play, Mr. Bailey facilitated two Master Classes for the Howard Campus.

Production Materials

  • Description of Visiting Playwrights Workshop Series - Click Here
  • Insight on what inspired Mr. Bailey to write Malcolm, Martin, Medgar - Click Here
  • Play Script Malcolm, Martin, Medgar - Click Here

Creative Work: Play Development Dramaturge/Director

Scholarly Equivalency - General Article

In an educational environment in my role as play development dramaturge for a staged reading I supported the playwright with script development (rewrites) and helped to showcase the work with the intent of securing a producer and/or investors. In a staged reading, the theatre director’s role during a short rehearsal process, is to lead a team of actors to create a production that does not utilize extensive design elements. Instead, the production focuses on the language, impact and themes in the play.

Additionally, directing a staged reading in an educational environment expands teaching beyond the classroom and places the student in a professional culture where they receive guidance on professional standards and protocol. In a supportive environment students are able to move beyond theory to application of the performance techniques learned in the classroom setting. My directing approach is discovery and process focused while achieving necessary milestones that result in a production worthy of public viewing.

My directorial and dramaturgical contributions made to achieve the goals of supporting the playwright with script development and/or to showcase the work with the intent of securing a producer and/or investors for "Malcolm, Martin, Medgar" include:

        • Training students in fundamental theatre/directing techniques
        • Guidance and instruction of professional industry standards and protocol
        • Interview the playwright to learn about his personal first hand experiences being a part of the civil rights movement and a supporter of Malcolm X
        • Ethnological and Anthropological research
        • Dialogue with playwright regarding making edits to the play
        • Determine the best use of the theatre space
        • Analyze the script for its structure, themes and socio/political arguments
        • Assess, interpret and actualize the physical and verbal action of the play
        • Casting that implements industry standard professional protocols
        • Plan for and manage rehearsals that provide adequate time for actors to achieve their individual goals
        • Conduct rehearsals to construct minimal blocking that reflect the plays tempo and help actors to discover and reveal a characters psychological truth
        • In collaboration with the design team, manage technical rehearsals to solidify and clarify all light and sound cues and minimal design decisions
        • Collaborate with the marketing and PR team

Students also participated in two masterclasses facilitated by Mr. Bailey where he shared his personal experiences with civil rights luminaries like Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. He also shared his insights on experiencing black theatre from 1965 - 1985 during which time Mr. Bailey served as a theatre critic writing about he works of Amiri Baraka, Ed Bullins, Alvin Ailey and many others.

Creative Work: Playwright & Production Director

Scholarly Equivalency - General Article

Hart's Contribution as Playwright/Production Director

This one act play was developed as a contender in the DC Black Theatre Festival One-Act Battle. The play was awarded 2nd place.

With regard to process, over two months I developed several initial drafts of the script and met with a writing group to facilitate readings and the rewrite process. Auditions were held to cast the production and two professional actors were cast, Maryam Foye and Kemo Coleman.

In my role as the production director I created the rehearsal schedule and conducted daily rehearsals with the actors from May 2 - June 12, 2011. In addition, I held production meetings with the design team to make decisions regarding how to best capture the look, tone and mood of the play. Lastly, in collaboration with the design team I managed the tech process in preparation for the public event.

My contribution as playwright made to achieve the goals of creating a production reflecting artistic and commercial merit for "Uncanny Resemblance" include:

      • Conduct ethnological and anthropological research to support the developing story line and character development
      • Write and edit multiple drafts of the play script
      • Participate in writing group to facilitate play development
      • Produce final script for production execution

My directorial contributions made to achieve the goals of creating a production reflecting artistic and commercial merit for "Uncanny Resemblance" include:

      • Coach actors in advanced acting techniques that reflect and industry standards
      • In collaboration with the set designer determine the best use of the theatre space
      • Guide and collaborate with the artistic/design team (set/costume/lighting and sound scape) to visually actualize the physical environment and atmosphere of the play
      • Analyze the script for its structure and themes
      • Assess, interpret and actualize the physical and verbal action of the play
      • Cast the play
      • Plan for and manage rehearsals that provide adequate time for actors and the design and production teams to achieve their individual goals
      • Conduct rehearsals to construct blocking that reflect the plays tempo and help actors to discover and reveal a characters psychological truth
      • In collaboration with the design team, manage technical rehearsals to solidify and clarify all light and sound cues and final design decisions
      • Collaborate with the marketing and PR team

Production Details

    • Hart's Role: Playwright & Production Director for one act play
    • Play: Uncanny Resemblance by Denise J. Hart
    • Event: DC Black Theatre Festival One Act Battle
    • Location: Warehouse Theatre Washington DC
    • Rehearsal Dates: May 2 - June 12, 2011
    • Production Dates: June 16 - 17, 2011

Play Synopsis

"We are a pig-out nation that dumps its slops on the entity known as the black community. Every nation, it seems, has a place where it relieves itself. In the United States blacks are that place." ~ Ishmael Reed from 'Another Day at the Front'

Uncanny Resemblance tells the story of what happens to a family and the larger community when the gang initiation of two cousins goes awry and ends in tragedy.

Production Materials

    • Play Script Uncanny Resemblance - Click Here
    • Review & Evaluation of Uncanny Resemblance by theatre critic, Ernie Joslewitz - Click Here

Creative Work: Guest Expert Fox 5 News

Scholarly Equivalency: General Article

Hart's Contribution as Television Guest Expert

        • Guest Expert Fox 5 News segment - discussion on the representation of black men in the film version of Ntozake Shange's play, For Colored Girls. When conducting an interview a guest expert is to help an audience to contextualize and offer frameworks for interpretation of the play or film. The interview generates community interest via multiple media outlets.

Creative Work: Workshops Facilitated

Scholarly Equivalency - General Article

Hart's Contribution as Workshop Facilitator

    • Workshop Series: Blueprint for Success Career Coaching for Creative Types & Entrepreneurs
        • How to Create a Success Plan for your Creative Career. Workshop facilitated at The Performing Arts Training Studio 11/13/2010 (Washington DC)
        • Easy as 1, 2, 3: How to Take your Career to the Next Level - because your art is your business. Workshop facilitated at The Performing Arts Training Studio (Washington DC)
        • Mastering the Courage of Creativity - for Creatives & Entrepreneurs. Workshop facilitated at The Performing Arts Training Studio (Washington DC)
        • How to Benefit from Creating a Vision Board - for Creatives & Entrepreneurs. Workshop facilitated at The Performing Arts Training Studio (Washington DC)

Creative Work: Panelist

Scholarly Equivalency - General Article

Hart's Contribution as Panelist Participant

    • Presenter: To Be Inspired: A Symposium on the History of the Department of Theatre Arts - Feb. 2011. Held at Howard University (Washington DC)

Creative Work: Podcast/Radio Show Host

Scholarly Equivalency - General Article

Hart's Contribution as Podcast/Radio Show Host

    • The Creative Entrepreneur. (37 episodes) Facilitated interviews with artists, actors, performers and individuals who identify as creative entrepreneurs for listeners to hear about and learn from their journey. Creative artists shared their insights regarding how to achieve both artistic and entrepreneurial success.